False Teeth

False Teeth for a Brighter Smile

Choosing false teeth is an individual decision, together with a qualified dentist. The patient would need to decide on false teeth make of porcelain or plastic teeth.  Each separate false teeth choice has advantages and disadvantages.  Depending on what is required, together with your orthodontist he or she will discuss the various options available to you.

1. False teeth that consist of either metal or plastic removal plates with artificial teeth fitted to them. If you have gaps between teeth then you will only need to have partial false teeth sets. If all of the teeth have been removed form the upper or lower jaw, a full set of false teeth will be required.

2. A second option is to choose bridges, which is one or two teeth that can be anchored to the adjacent teeth.

3. A third choice is to have implants, this is metal ‘pegs’ attached to the jawbone, to which dentures or bridges are clipped or screwed.

After extraction and before dentures or false teeth can be fitted the gum needs to heal properly, this can take anything from 3 to 6 months.

With many advances in dentistry there have been vast improvements in the way false teeth are made and how they look.  Your orthodontist will check the resulting false teeth to see how natural looking they are, that the fit is right, comfortable and the overall effect is pleasing to the eye.

Once you agree to have false teeth, and the gums have healed sufficiently to have dentures made, an appointment will be made so that the dentist can make a full impression the gum area where the false teeth will fit. Taking an impression will decide on the shape and the size of the gum where the teeth are to be fitted. This will be sent to the dental laboratory for the first impression to be made. 

In the subsequent appointments the dentist will check on whether the lower and upper alignment of the teeth is correct when biting down onto the gum.

By the time of the third visit the will have set the teeth into a wax base in order for the dentist to check and decide if the false teeth will look real, they are then returned to the laboratory for the finishing off, the laboratory will then replace the existing wax base for the plastic dental base, this will then fit tightly to the gums.  The forth visit adjustment will be made, because periodically the plastic will shrink. 

After the dentures have been fitted, care should be taken to ensure that the last as long as possible.  You will also need to get used to using your dentures, you might find some difficulty when eating at first, probably notice some minor speech changes.

To accustom your self to your new false teeth you should begin eating soft food and gradually introduce more robust foods as you feel more comfortable using them.

Caring for your new false teeth is an important part of the process.  Bearing in mind that although porcelain teeth will last longer they are prone to chipping if dropped or knocked against any hard object.

Whether they are plastic of porcelain handle them with care.  Some tips on caring for your false teeth.

  • Place a small towel on a flat surface and work over that so that if you drop your dentures they have some cushioning under them and they cannot get damaged.
  • Remove them from your month and brush them daily
  • Don’t use any abrasive cleaners or toothpastes that are abrasive they will leave scratches. Use cleaners that are specially designed for false teeth.
  • Do not use boiling water or place them in the dishwasher, hot water will damage and warp them.   Use a special sterilising agent designed for dentures
  • Partial dentures should be removed before cleaning your normal teeth and then be cleaned separately.
  • When false teeth are not in your mouth for any period of time. Place them in a glass of water or dental cleaner. False teeth left to go dry will become brittle, and can crack or break.
  • Keep your dentures in a safe place out of reach of children and pets, also by having a special place to keep them you won’t misplace them. This may seem obvious but people tend to forget.
  • Annul check ups with your dentist should be maintained, small adjustments may need to be made as the gums may change and your false teeth may no long fit correctly.